Monday, July 18, 2011

Weekly Scratch: Perfect Pitch, Rejection Dictionary

Howdy, folks! SCBWI Brazos Valley has some events coming.  First, on July 27 at the College Station Barnes and Noble at 10:00 a.m., author Sherry Garland will offer tricks of writing winning query and cover letters.

Don't forget the upcoming mini-retreat! SCBWI Saturday: A Mini-Retreat to Inspire Your Writing Voice on Aug. 27, 2011, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley (2275 Dartmouth St., College Station, TX).Cost: Free. Offered by Brazos Valley Children’s Literature Book Club co-coordinators, Jacqueline Gramann and Alicia Clay O’Neill. More info is on the website.

Mark your calendars! Our annual conference registration -- Connections and Craft 2011: Writing for hildren and Adults -- is about to open. The conference will be held at A&M United Methodist Church on November 12, 2011  Keep checking the website for more information.

Perfect Pitch

Wonder how to avoid "I'm out of town" syndrome.   Check out this article and learn the worst time to pitch a book.

The 2011 Backspace Agent-Author Seminar is November 3 and 4, 2011. This conference offers an interesting take on how to break into the business.  

Want to pitch your book and don't know whether it is high concept or not? Author Lori Wilde offers some thoughts about that.

Rejection Dictionary

Ever wonder how to decode a rejection? Here ia a post over at ADVENTURES IN CHILDREN'S PUBLISHING and  The Writer's Rejection Dictionary.

Dog days of summer.  More scratch next week.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Weekly Scratch: YA Opportunity, Revolution, Good Letters, Tweets, Book Club, Craft

Howdy, folks.  I hope y'all are not too hot.  Keep working on your projects. Make space for the art and craft of children's books.  I hope are writing heats up just like the weather. Check out the SCBWI Brazos Valley website for upcoming events: schmoozes, a retreat, a conference. Lots of cool stuff ahead.

YA Opportunity

Here is a new magazine for emerging YA authors. It's called Sucker Literary Magazine. It's featured in PW. It's a place for short fiction. You may wish to check it out.


Yes, HarperCollins "I Can Read Books"  are now digital.  More migration from print. Read about in PW.

The number of print books sold has fallen by 10% in the past 6 months.  The biggest chunk is out of adult fiction -- also reported in PW.

SCBWI Austin has a conference on October 8, 2011 at Saint Edwards University: Storytelling in the Digital Age: Embrace the Change. Folks in the neighborhood sort through the revolution to help you understand what is going on out there.

Good Letters

I love Letters of Note. They put some outstanding correspondence over there. Here is one to warm the heart of anyone who has been rejected by an editor.  Enjoy.


Here is a round up of  tweets from agents from late June.  You might find something interesting here.

Book Club

Don't want to get out in the heat but you do want to hang with readers of good books. Check out this how to Host A Virtual Book Club article.


Underneath every story is something hovering. What are you not saying when  you are writing? Why is that important. Read this article on subtext if you feel the need to dive into the deep end of the craft pool. :)

Write more this week.  I'll see you next week with more of the weekly scratch.